Doug, a slug, needs a hug. Which bug will honor Doug with a hug? In this rhyming picture book, readers and listeners meet different bugs who deny Doug a hug. They learn words associated with slugs like slimy. My Book Eyes likes the repetitive vocabulary for children learning to read. The ending is surprising. Illustrations are large and add humor to this book that can be read all year long.
Distressed on the night before the first day of school, a boy named Bo has difficulty getting a good night’s sleep. He decides to count sheep however his sheep have minds of their own. Instead of calm counting Bo sees 10 disorderly sheep wreak havoc around his house by interacting with things associated with school. This is a humorous rhyming picture book. The illustrations include many details that will have eyes lingering on pages.
A fox schemes to make a herd of sheep his meals. Cloaked in a sheep’s outfit, wolf is allowed to become part of the sheep’s daily routines which includes exercising, chores, reading and games. Readers will enjoy seeing wolf think about the many ways he will make sheep cuisine. Sheep’s ability to kill with kindness thwarts wolf’s plans and ends this picture book on a happy and surprising note. Fun to look at anthropomorphized animals in this story.
In this chapter book, a middle schooler named Greg Heffley is looking forward to an enjoyable Christmas at home however his parents desire to escape the busy holiday experiences so they book a trip to a tropical island for their family of five. What begins as a stress-free idea turns into a chain of stressful yet hilarious (for the reader) escapades throughout the book. My Book Eyes laughed at adults who sometimes think and act like children and children who sometimes think and act like adults. Anyone who has ever taken an airplane trip will definitely be able to relate to some of the events (flight delays, luggage mix ups, uncomfortable seats etc) encountered by the Heffleys. Once they reach their destination more adventures await this family. Illustrations and text are entertaining and provoke nonstop laughter.
A hardworking dad is briefly in charge…or is he? Mom left a list of tasks to complete but do they get done her way or at all? The daughter, Arnellia, a private school student, has alternative plans. Can Arnellia persuade dad to do things her way? A comical read with a message about parenting styles. Adults will also find humor and wisdom in this picture book. For children reading independently, My Book Eyes recommends it for readers to 10 years of age however it can be read to all ages. Illustrations are clear and colorful.
In this early reader, Pete’s family goes on a road trip across the United States. They visit New York, Georgia, Florida, Utah, California, South Dakota, Massachusetts, Louisiana, Washington and Wyoming. Occasional feline humor injected into illustrations and text will make readers chuckle. This book is a great way to introduce youngsters to historic sites within the United States while they learn to read. Also this title can ignite curiosity and a desire to further research places mentioned.
There is a Bird on Your Head! by author / illustrator Mo Willems
Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Publication Date: July 31, 2007
In this easy reader, a mommy bird, daddy bird and eventually three baby chicks use Gerald’s head as their home. While he is irate about this matter, it isn’t until his friend Piggie offers him a suggestion that Gerald asserts himself and gets his problem solved. Illustrations and text are hilarious and show a variety of moods for both characters.
Mo Willems plans to be at Children’s Day at the Brooklyn Book Festival on September 21, 2019. Click on EVENTS above for information about Brooklyn Book Festival.
Hats Are Not for Cats! by author / illustrator Jacqueline K. Rayner
Age Range: 4 years – 7 years
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Date: August 20, 2019
An obnoxious, loud mouth, hat wearing dog lets a cat know on numerous occasions that hats are not for cats as a quiet yet active cat parades by him wearing a myriad of hat styles. The cat doesn’t say anything as the dog verbally abuses her time and time again. Feline finds a way to retaliate which is surprising and humorous. Dog’s ego is reduced to a humble size. The ending of this book is satisfying for all. Rhyme and short phrases make this an excellent choice for beginning readers and for those wanting to read a humorous story. Illustrations focus on the relationship between the characters which adds to the appeal of this book.
Pig the Stinker by author/illustrator Aaron Blabey
Age Range: 3-5 years
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date:April 30, 2019
The pug with personality named Pig loves filth but hates taking a bath. His unsightly ways are irritating to those around him.After Pig causes a major catastrophe, will a bath for Pig be prevented? The characters’ facial expressions and Pig’s actionsmade My Book Eyes roar with laughter. This rhyming picture book is reminiscent of Dr. Seuss. Illustrations are appropriate for the text.